Sabinews Midday News Update for October 15, 2015
Senate postpones ministerial screening to October 20
The Nigerian Senate on Thursday, postponed the screening of ministerial nominees yet to be screened
In a tweet via its Twitter handle @NGRSenate, the Senate which though resumed for plenary today, said: “Ladies and gentlemen, there will be no ministerial screening today (Thursday). We will continue on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. We will tweet CVs of new nominees.” Read more
Expert Clarifies Nigeria’s Polio Status
Fears have been expressed about the misperception by some members of the public regarding the removal of Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries.
Speaking at a press conference in Bauchi Thursday, the Incidence Manager at Emergency Operations Centre, Dr. Mansur Dada, said that some people have misunderstood Nigeria’s status which may lead to disruptions of the routine polio vaccination exercise. Read more
APC Supporters Outraged at Tribunal Ruling on Akpabio’s Election
Supporters of the All Progressive Congress, especially those from Akwa-Ibom North- West senatorial zone, are outraged following the National and State Assembly Election Petition tribunal ruling that upheld the election of former governor of the state, Godswill Akpabio, on Wednesday.
Some of the supporters who spoke on the matter condemned the ruling. They lamented that evidence tendered in court was enough to nullify the election. The candidate of the APC Inebehe Okori had approached the tribunal challenging the conduct of the April election and declaration of Akpabio as winner of the poll. Read more
Nigeria: We’re At a Critical Stage of Ending HIV/Aids – NACA DG
The director general, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Prof John Idoko, has said that Nigeria is at a critical stage of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
According to him, having reached the progress of halting HIV/AIDS transmission to less than 4 per cent in 2010, the country is now on its way to eliminating the scourge. Read more
Amnesty International is opening shop in Nigeria and will investigate army abuse claims
Human rights advocacy organization Amnesty International has had a rocky relationship with recent Nigerian governments, particularly with former president Goodluck Jonathan’s regime which struggled to maintain control in the battle with Islamic insurgent group Boko Haram.
So far this year Amnesty International published two controversial Nigeria reports which have both received plenty of international media coverage. In January it claimed more than 2,000 people had been killed in a Boko Haram raid on Baga, a town in northeast Nigeria. It described the attack as the insurgents’ “deadliest”. Jonathan’s government’s disputed Amnesty International’s Baga numbers as “exaggerated” and a fact-checking report by AfricaCheck.org said there was no clear evidence of that many people being killed.
In June, Amnesty released a damning report alleging human rights abuses by Nigerian soldiers against local civilians. Again, the Jonathan government firmly denied any human rights’ abuse by Nigerian soldiers. Read more
Rivers faces fuel scarcity as NUPENG begins strike
Queues have surfaced in some filling stations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, following a directive by the Eastern Zone of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, to its members in the state to suspend loading and distribution of products, Vanguard reports.
Chairman of the union, Mr Godwin Eruba, said members took the action to protest alleged police harassment of its members at the premises of an oil firm, Weatherford Nigeria Limited. Read more
We will get Festac robbers, police boss vows
LAGOS State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, yesterday vowed to arrest perpetrators of the bank robbery on 4th Avenue, Festac town.
Owoseni told The Guardian yesterday that the incident has challenged the police in the command to rise up to new trends in robbery operations.
He said the police was closing in on the hoodlums that took Festac town by storm with their high profile armament and all has been put in place to ensure the suspects were captured. Read more
Ban Ki-moon ‘reasonably optimistic’ on Paris climate talks
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is “reasonably optimistic” about a world climate conference due to open in Paris at the end of next month, he said in an interview published Thursday.
“I am still reasonably optimistic that world leaders will be able to adopt a universal protocol on climate change before the end of the year,” he told Italy’s Corriere della Sera daily. Read more
Ahead of EU summit, Merkel urges EU ‘solidarity’ on migrants
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking hours ahead of a European Union summit, urged the EU Thursday to “show solidarity” in tackling the continent’s spiralling refugee crisis.
Underlining the scale of the challenge, Merkel told German lawmakers that “it is not an exaggeration to describe this task as a historic test for Europe”. Read more
Ladipo market land feud deepens as family demolishes houses, churches
THE fragile peace existing at Odo Aladura Community section of the popular Ladipo auto-parts market at Toyota bus stop, Oshodi-Apapa Expressway was yesterday threatened when a member of the Owoyemi family accompanied by a detachment of policemen from Area D command, Mushin, stormed the market and demolished houses and churches in the Odo shanty settlement. Read more
Uganda police brutality warning ahead of polls: rights group
Police brutality against opposition supporters in Uganda is on the rise ahead of elections due next year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Thursday.
Opposition supporters and activists “risk beatings, arrest, or worse,” said Maria Burnett of the New York-based advocacy group, as momentum grows in the run-up to the vote next February.
“Uganda’s police brutality consistently favours the incumbent,” Burnett added. Read more
Tears, eulogies as Disu goes home
AMIDST tears, the late Managing Director of Lekki Free Trade Zone, (LFTZ) Mr. Tajudeen Disu, who was killed on Monday at Lekki, was yesterday buried at Ibeju-Lekki in Lagos. He was allegedly shot in the neck while pacifying residents of the community, who had earlier in the day protested acquisition of their land by investors and the Lagos State government. Read more
Clinton rides momentum of Democratic debate
Hillary Clinton fired up a crowd during her first major rally in months after a strong Democratic debate performance, vowing to back President Barack Obama’s immigration reform efforts.
Smiling and appearing relaxed, the Democratic frontrunner carefully avoided references to her opponents, especially her strongest rival, Senator Bernie Sanders. Read more
South Sudan civil war worsening: aid agencies
War in South Sudan is worsening despite a faltering peace deal, with thousands of women and girls raped, killed or abducted in recent months, a coalition of aid agencies said Thursday.
“The situation for civilians is desperate and getting worse as fighting persists,” said the NGO Forum, an alliance of over 300 South Sudanese and international aid agencies. Read more